Best Yoga Poses for Stress

As parents, we all too often find ourselves in the same boat. Or perhaps I should say life raft... Where we start our day's with an energetic positive outlook on the world around us that eventually feels as if it is slowly being torn from our bodies as the stress of the day wears on. From recitals and practices to our overwhelming careers, and then coming home to a messy home that you can't clean because our little ones need homework help and baths before dinner and bed... Does is ever truly end? And when we do catch a break, is the moment ever really for ourselves?

In keeping that in mind, it is vitally important to keep in mind one thing: caring for yourself, first and foremost, is the best way to care for those around you. We can always of course care for our children and spouses, however, when you are forcing yourself to simply get through the day, and you have lost your smile and heart, those around you see it as well. And that takes its own toll on those who love and care the most for you. I have found that yoga has saved my soul and my mind on more than one occasion. These poses do not have to take up an hour, but if stress has taken over your sense of peace, be sure to take a 5 or 10 minute time out for yourself and awaken your joy once again with one or all of these incredibly uplifting poses.

Seated Forward Bend
Sit on mat with legs stretched out directly in front of you. Inhale, raise arms directly overhead and fold your body forward on exhale extending your arms to your shin or ankle, wherever your body can reach and hold comfortably. Breath deeply for 5 breaths in and out.

Eagle Pose

Begin in standing position, comfortably on mat. Bend your knees, balancing on your right foot, and cross your left thigh over your right thigh then hook your left foot behind your right calf. Finding your center, hold the position for one breath. Begin to extend your arms directly in front of you, and drop your left arm underneath your right. Slightly bend your elbows and raise your forearms until they are perpendicular to the floor, twist your arms and hands and press your palms together. Inhale and exhale deeply as you center yourself to ensure balance and concentration. Hold the position for one minute and gently release to come back to standing.

Corpse Pose

Lay flat on your back on your mat, with your legs extended out comfortably in front of your and your arms resting, palm up, at your sides. Focus on deep inhales and exhales. Keeping your eyes closed, find your center and restore your relaxation by focusing on your breaths.

Child's Pose

Lay flat on your stomach on your mat. Gently push yourself back until your rear is resting on your feet. Reach your arms out on the mat until they are extended out in front of you, keeping your fingers extended and your palms flat on the mat. Hold this position for 5 deep breaths. You will literally feel the tension and stress leaving your body by way of your chest.

There are countless more yoga poses available that can aid and assist you in finding a sense of calm during the storm. These are purely meant to inspire you to branch out and find a calming source and pose that can significantly restore your mental sense of balance to ensure that your mental health is pure so that you can truly be at the top of your game when your loved ones need you the most.

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